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West Cork Distillers

Founded in 2003 by three close friends Denis McCarthy, Ger McCarthy & John O’Connell in Union Hall, West Cork, Ireland; West Cork Distillers was inspired by the proud history of artisan food & beverage production in Cork. The trio had some experience of this in their previous occupations, as Ger & Denis were deep sea trawlermen and John was a research & development scientist for some large blue chip food & beverage companies.

WCD’s first forays into distillation weren’t with whiskey, however, but with lighter brown spirits. In 2007, the trio made Dromberg by fortifying the fermentation of sugarbeet and malt, before infusing oak shavings using a method developed by O’Connell in Dennis McCarthy’s garage in Union Hall. Lough Hyne followed this up, which was made by the same process but instead fortified up to 30 per cent alcohol, and matured with Irish and Bourbon cask oak.

It wasn’t long, however, before West Cork Distillers had expanded upon its popular and delightfully unconventional early efforts to establish an impressive range of Irish whiskies, including West Cork 10 Year Old Single Malt; West Cork Original and the rather brilliant The Pogues Whiskey, a collaboration with the eponymous punk-folk band. Each of these is made with Irish grown grain and spring water and barley malted exclusively by WCD (the only Irish distillery to malt all of its own barley), before being triple distilled in pot stills, which are only half filled to allow for maximum copper-spirit vapour interaction.

West Cork Distillers were previously based at the 10,000 sq ft West Cork Bottling plant in Skibbereen, which was leased after turnover hit €3.5m in 2013. After investing €500,000 in equipment in this former Heineken-operated plant, the success was obviously of such speed and consistency that by 2016, the WCD moved to its current site of operation. It cost around €1.5 million for the former fish-processing plant on Skibbereen’s Marsh Road, which was bestowed with the no-nonsense name ‘West Cork Distillers’, and is one of the two independent distilleries in Ireland.

The Pogues Whiskey

70cl, 40%

An Irish Whiskey from the band The Pogues and West Cork Distillers (not to be be confused with the American whiskey Old Pogue). The Pogues Whiskey is said to have the highest malt content of any…  More info

The Pogues Whiskey
7
$29.10

West Cork 10 Year Old Single Malt

70cl, 40%

Single malt whiskey from Ireland matured in first fill bourbon barrels. It's supposedly non-chill filtered at 40% abv, so don't be surprised if it throws a cloudy haze in the bottle even at room…  More info

West Cork 10 Year Old Single Malt
5
$41.83

West Cork 12 Year Old Sherry Cask

70cl, 43%

One of a trio of 12 year old whiskeys launched by West Cork Distillers in 2016 - this particular expression was allowed a finishing period in Sherry casks, imparting notes of sweet berries and milk…  More info

West Cork 12 Year Old Sherry Cask
2
$51.21

West Cork Glengarriff Series - Peat Charred Cask Finish

70cl, 43%

The Glenfarriff Series was launched in early 2018 by West Cork Distillers with two expressions - the Peat Charred Cask Finish (which you're look at right now!) and the Bog Oak Charred Cask Finish.…  More info

West Cork Glengarriff Series - Peat Charred Cask Finish
$42.41

West Cork Glengarriff Series - Bog Oak Charred Cask Finish

70cl, 43%

One two of expressions from the initial launch of West Cork Distillers' Glengarriff Series, finished in casks which have been charred using fuel sources taken from the Glengarriff Forest in West…  More info

West Cork Glengarriff Series - Bog Oak Charred Cask Finish
$42.41

West Cork 12 Year Old Port Cask Finish

70cl, 43%

In 2016, West Cork Distillers produced a trio of 12 year old Irish whiskeys initially matured in bourbon casks before being finished in a selection of casks. This expression was allowed a finishing…  More info

West Cork 12 Year Old Port Cask Finish
2
$41.07

West Cork Original

70cl, 40%

A basic blended Irish whiskey from West Cork Distillers matured in ex-bourbon casks.  More info

West Cork Original
2
$24.10

West Cork 12 Year Old Rum Cask Finish

70cl, 43%

A rum-cask-finished single malt Irish whiskey from West Cork Distillers, produced as part of a trio of expressions each with a different cask finish (including a Sherry and a Port finish).  More info

West Cork 12 Year Old Rum Cask Finish
$40.83

Lough Hyne Irish Spirit

70cl, 30%

An Irish spirit from West Cork Distillers, matured using Irish and Sherry oak. Rather sweet with notes of white grape, milk chocolate and vanilla. It takes its name from a marine lake near the town…  More info

Lough Hyne Irish Spirit

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